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As Illinois Shuts Down Dine-In Service, Restaurant Owners Look for Alternatives to Stay in Business

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Many restaurants are switching to carry-out and delivery options amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

For Illinois diners looking to support their favorite restaurants during the coronavirus outbreak, as of tonight, carryout, drive-thru and delivery will be their only options. 

As reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker announced Sunday afternoon that beginning Monday night, all restaurants and bars would be closed to dine-in customers. This will continue through the end of the month, as of right now. 

David Sandusky, chef-owner of Beast Craft BBQ in Belleville, Illinois, says that the safety of his employees is what's most important, so you have to believe what the state says is best. In the meantime, his restaurant will be offering carryout and will soon have a drive-in option where guests can park in the restaurant's lot and have their order taken like at a car-hop restaurant, such as Sonic. 

Keith McGinness, owner of Cleveland-Heath, also says that his employees are his top priority. To keep them working during this time, the restaurant will offer some sort of carryout option for customers. 

While Missouri has not yet followed suit in officially closing off businesses to dine-in customers, some bars and restaurants are being proactive in switching to pick-up or delivery only. According to different social media posts, Mac's Local Eats is offering curb-side pick-up; Olive + Oak and Clover and the Bee are switching to delivery and carry-out orders only; and some bars, like siblings Parlor and Takashima Records, are closed until further notice. 

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Kasey Carlson is the former digital editor of Feast Magazine. She loves to cook, is obsessed with plants and is on a quest to try every bao she can find.

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